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Around The Farm: May 10, 2017 - Pasquale earns second win, Robertson returns from DL in big way

On Wednesday, Daniel Robertson made a big impact for Columbus after a stint on the disabled list, while Nick Pasquale pitched a gem for Akron against Trenton. IBI's Nick Roth dives into that and more in this edition of Around The Farm...

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.

SCOREBOARD

R H E R H E
Columbus 13 16 0 Trenton 2 4 0
Durham 9 13 0 Akron 4 7 1
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R H E R H E
Carolina  2 6 0 Beloit 0 3 0
Lynchburg 0 4 0 Lake County  1 8 1
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Game 2 (4/17 makeup) R H E
Carolina  3 6 2
Lynchburg 1 4 1  
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THE LEAD

Nick Pasquale (SP, Akron) 7.0 IP, H, ER, 4 BB, 4 SO. Pasquale tossed seven innings of one hit baseball to pick up his second win of the season. Pasquale utilized the groundball out recording ten of them compared to four fly-ball outs. This helped him work out of trouble created by his four walks. Pasquale has been good this season, but has been excellent in his last two starts. In those two starts he has allowed just two earned runs over 13 innings, and has 13 strikeouts to go with it as well. Pasquale improved his season record to 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA in six games started. 

Brock Hartson (SP, Lynchburg) 6.1 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 SO. Hartson was dealing Wednesday afternoon in game one of Lynchburg’s doubleheader, but ultimately he was saddled with the loss due to a lack of run support. Hartson was in control all game and was able to work ahead of batters by tossing 66 of 93 pitches for strikes. Hartson originally started the season in the HillCats bullpen, but recently was moved to the rotation and the results have been outstanding so far. In two starts, Hartson has gone over six innings of work both times while surrendering just one earned each time out. The Houston native is now 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 30 innings pitched at Lynchburg. 

Daniel Robertson (DH, Columbus) 4-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, SB. Robertson collected four hits in a game where Columbus had an offensive explosion scoring 10 runs in the top of the 11th inning and 13 total. This was his third game of the season since coming off the disabled list May 6th. It has been a tough go of it for Robertson to open the season, but this is the type of game that could jumpstart a player’s season. Robertson is a veteran outfielder who serves a role of organization depth should there be a lot of injuries. He has seen a limited amount of time in the big leagues each of the past three seasons, but has never topped 177 at-bats in a single season. 

THE FIELD

Erik Gonzalez (SS, Columbus) 2-6, R, 3B, 2 RBI, BB, 4 SO. Despite four strikeouts, Gonzalez still managed to drive in a pair of runs. Gonzalez had an eight game hitting streak snapped two games ago, and these were his first hits since. 

Giovanny Urshela (3B, Columbus) 1-3, R, HR, 4 RBI. Urshela entered the game in the 8th inning as a defensive substitute, but ended up connecting for a huge grand slam in the 11th inning of the Clippers wild 13-9 win. This was just Urshela’s second long ball of the season.

Richie Shaffer (3B-LF, Columbus) 1-5, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, 4 SO. Shaffer clubbed his eighth home run during the fifth inning. The three run blast increases his team led in RBIs to 23. 

Ronny Rodriguez (SS, Columbus) 2-5, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI, BB, SO. Rodriguez only had two doubles entering yesterday, but collected a pair to double his season total. Rodriguez has hit well on road games this year batting .304 compared to just .132 at Huntington Park. 

Bradley Zimmer (CF, Columbus) 2-5, R, RBI, BB, 2 SO. Zimmer was one of five Clipper batters to record a multi-hit game in their 16 hit performance as a team. Zimmer is starting to hit much better as he now has five multi-hit games in his last eleven played. 

Josh Martin (RP, Columbus) 2.0, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 5 SO. Martin was excellent out of the Clippers bullpen and picked up his first win of the season in the process. Martin gave up a few baserunners, but used five strikeouts to work his way out of trouble. 

Travis Banwart (SP, Columbus) 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, SO. Banwart did not have his best stuff Wednesday, but battled long enough to keep Columbus in the game. Banwart has struggled so far in 2017 failing to go over five innings in any of five starts and now has an 8.44 ERA.

Louis Head (RP, Columbus) 2.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 3 SO. Head’s two scoreless innings helped allowed the Clippers to stay in the game long enough to outlast Durham in extras. This was a nice outing for Head who had struggled lately to the tune of a 6.17 ERA in his last ten appearances. 

Tyler Krieger (2B, Akron) 1-4, R, HR, RBI. Krieger lead-off the game for Akron with a solo home run. It was Krieger’s second long ball, and he now has a modest four game hitting streak. 

Eric Haase (C, Akron) 1-3, R, HR, 2 RBI, SO. Haase crushed his third home run this season, a two-run blast in the 6th inning. Haase has had a knack for driving in runs lately as he now has nine RBIs in his last eight games. 

Bobby Bradley (1B, Akron) 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB. Bradley collected his third double, and has shown signs of coming out of the funk he was in to open the season. Bradley is just now batting over the Mendoza line at .202, but is hitting .257 in his last ten games. 

Mike Papi (DH, Akron) 1-4, R, 2B, SO. Papi extended his hitting streak to seven games by connecting for his fourth double. Papi has a reputation as a streaky hitter, but is currently on a hot streak hitting .343 in his last ten games. 

Dylan Baker (RP, Akron) 1.0 IP, H, 0 ER, HD. Baker picked up his first hold of the season tossing a scoreless eighth inning in Akron’s 4-2 win. Baker has allowed just one earned run in four appearances with Akron. 

David Speer (RP, Akron) 1.0 IP, 2 H, ER, SO, SV. Speer surrendered a run, but was still able to convert for his second save this season. Speer has been spotty this season which has led to a shaky 4.60 ERA. 

Connor Marabell (RF, Lynchburg) G1: 0-3. G2: 2-2, R, 2 2B. Marabell picked up a pair of doubles on a day where Lynchburg managed to only score one run in fourteen innings of baseball. Marabell is now batting .242 in 66 at-bats.

Yonathan Mendoza (1B, Lynchburg) G1: 0-3. G2: 1-3, 2B, RBI, SO. Mendoza drove in the ‘Cats only run in both games of their doubleheader. Mendoza is swinging a decent bat of late batting .289 in his last ten games. 

Ivan Castillo (SS, Lynchburg) G1: 1-2, 2B, BB. G2: 0-3. Castillo had one of the ‘Cats two doubles in the first game of the doubleheader. Castillo has been swinging a good bat lately batting .379 in his last ten contest. 

Billy Strode (SP, Lynchburg) G2: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, SO. Strode picked up the spot start in the second game of the doubleheader, and filled in nicely going almost three scoreless. Strode has had one really bad appearance out of eleven games, so his 5.11 ERA is a bit misleading. 

Kieran Lovegrove (RP, Lynchburg) 1.2 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 SO. Lovegrove cruised to finish out the second game of the twin bill. Lovegrove needed 16 pitches and was super-efficient throwing 13 for strikes. 

Alexis Pantoja (2B, Lake County) 1-4, R, 2 SB. Pantoja used his speed to score the Captains only run Wednesday afternoon. Pantoja reached on a single then proceeded to steal second base, and scored on a bad throw while stealing third base. Pantoja’s steal total now sits at four bases. 

Luke Wakamatsu (SS, Lake County) 1-2, BB, SO. Wakamatsu collected the Captains only other hit as they couldn’t get anything going offensively all game. Wakamatsu is hitting just .206, but is heating up a bit batting .263 in his last 10 games. He is also currently on a six game hitting streak as well. 

Brady Aiken (SP, Lake County) 4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO. Aiken was roughed up yesterday as he struggled to consistently throw strikes. Aiken threw under 50% of his pitches for strikes (87-43), and as a result he issued four free passes. Aiken’s walks have been a concern for him as he now has 25 walks in 29 innings. 

Alsis Herrera (RP, Lake County) 2.2 IP, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO. Herrera pitched well in mop-up duty tossing nearly three scoreless out of the Captains ‘pen. This was Herrera’s season debut, and was his first ever appearance in Lake County. 

Domingo Jimenez (RP, Lake County) 0.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER. Jimenez was touched up for five earned in less than an inning of relief. Jimenez has allowed nine earned runs this season, but eight of them have come in just two appearances. 

Ryder Ryan (RP, Lake County) 1.1 IP, H, 0 ER, SO. Ryder breezed through an inning and a third needing only 13 pitches to do so. Ryder has been good this year and has a 1-2 record with a 1.35 ERA in 8 appearances. 


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